Essay on Wrestling : The Greatest And Oldest Artform

767 Words Jan 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Many people say that Jazz is America’s greatest & oldest artform, but some argue that America’s real gem is Professional Wrestling. Pro Wrestling or just Wrestling as it’s more commonly referred to, has been around since the late 1800’s. Wrestling is a simulated combat, where two or more performers simulate a fight. The best Wrestlers are the ones that make the fans suspend disbelief, by making it look as real as possible without seriously injuring their opponent. Today, the biggest American company is World Wrestling Entertainment or WWE (formerly World Wrestling Federation). They are almost like The Ringling Brothers of the genre. Outside of WWE, there are various Independent & International Wrestling companies with some having their own sub-genre of the sport. This essay will cover some background & describe various of the major Professional Wrestling companies.
From the 1960’s through the late 1980’s, there were three major Professional Wrestling promotions. The National Wrestling Alliance was an Umbrella Company, which controlled the entire United States. They had one recognized Undisputed Heavyweight Wrestling Champion of the World & the various territories around the country & the world, recognized the him as their World Champion. In the late 60’s; Vince McMahon Sr. out of New York left and recognized his own WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino. They took over the Northeast US & Canada. Verne Gagne out of Minnesota also left and ran the Midwest with himself as AWA…

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